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The hilarious true account of an overweight, balding, skeptical guy's unexpected transformation into a healthy, blissful yoga fiend.
Neal Pollack was out of shape. The hair on his head was thinning and the hair on his face was pretentious—traits a New York Times critic gleefully pointed out while panning his second book. Combined with the predestined failure of his punk rock band, it was almost too much for Pollack to bear. He was willing to try anything to get his life back on track . . . even yoga.
While struggling to master difficult poses without kicking other yogis in the face, Pollack actually, remarkably, began to feel better, both in body and mind. Soon he found himself immersed in the "weird and circuslike" world of yoga. He participated in a 24-hour yogathon, attended yoga conferences and Asian retreats, went to yoga rock shows, started getting regular assignments for Yoga Journal magazine, and, finally, began teaching yoga classes himself.
Stretch mercilessly lampoons the bizarre, omnipresent culture of yoga, but it's also a story of profound personal transformation. Pollack started off mocking yoga. Now he's become one of its most enthusiastic proponents.
I was going through a transition with my own yoga practice and this book was just what I needed.
Ever since, we've been passing the book back and forth, each reading a chapter, all too frequently pausing because we're in stitches of laughter.
Neal Pollack's hilarious journey through yoga makes for fun and entertaining reading in Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude.
This is one of the funniest books I read in a long time! I laughed out loud several times in public while reading it! Neal's journey into yoga is inspirational. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rita Domingues
A great, great read. Helped me understand a bit more what my boyfriend's yoga experience is like. (Read: lots of farting)Published 4 months ago by Morgan Moretz
Neal Pollack was mostly known for his sardonic, goofy fiction and journalism back in the day (late 90s, early aughts) - and maintains his trademark snark and cynical touch for his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher T. Mercier
Funny... great book. I recommend it. I was new to yoga and loved it... and the humor. I have read all of Neal's yoga books... liked them all.Published 10 months ago by online mom
What happens when a fun guy spends lots of time in a really serious world? These yoga types spend a lot of time being serious. Is that really necessary? Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. A. Moulton
It's a funny story. Be prepared for lots of adolescent humor, though, and lots of tales of his slacker-ness (his wife must be a saint). So you've been warned. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Debnance at Readerbuzz
The author is cynical. Seemed more interested in yoga than his marriage. I would not suggest it for serious readers or people thinking about learning more about yoga.Published 12 months ago by Maid in NM
I've been teaching for 20 years and appreciate the broad overview Neal has given. It was a totally fun read.Published 15 months ago by EZ